Let me preface this message by saying that although I am a dyed-in-the-wool Windows user I love to read about other OSes. I love reading about Linux & OS X.....and even oldies like BeOS or NextStep and cutting edge stuff like ReactOS. I love to see what problems the other OSes encounter, how they do things, and how I can apply that knowledge to my chosen OS to make my computing experience better.
It is with these high hopes I read that series of articles. Yes, the entire series. No offense to you, Zaine, but these articles sucked. Life with Linux, I thought. Hmmm...I'm going to get a good look at the way a Linux user lives with Linux and applies it to his daily life, I thought.
But....no. I read the first six articles in the series and while I hoped we might get to the part where someone, somewhere was living with Linux it was never meant to be. They entirely consisted of his trials getting his software installed. How disappointing. However, the seventh article with its title of On The Road seemed like it might be the pay-off. All right, I thought, he's been building to a rich pay-off where he shows the world how he can take his Linux mojo on the road and keep up with any other OS by outlining situations in his work & personal life and validating his choice of Linux by performing in these situations well.
But....no. The title On The Road just alluded to him being away from home and configuring and installing yet more software. Grrrr...
Okay, bonus time...everybody likes a good bonus so I tackled the bonus article. Maybe I'm finally going to get some meat by seeing how upgrading a desktop computer can be a rewarding experience. Maybe something along the lines of showing how each task can accomplished in Linux that can be accomplished in XP by illustrating what the differences would be with good tips on how to work around & through the differences.
But....no. He wastes no time in jumping into a diatribe about Windows 7 and what it might be or might not be. That's the first half of that article. The second half is all about how you should try Linux while you wait for Windows 7. What could it hurt is his argument.
What. The. Frick. As I opened each of the articles I felt like Charlie Brown having the football yanked away from him. Eight. Frigging. Times.
The only payoff for me was the chuckle he prompted when he was talking about how he didn't like Windows software sometimes doesn't work right & then later talked about how he couldn't install Firefox 3.5 on his Linux machine because it wouldn't work right.
I knew I probably should have stopped reading when he was talking about the Windows registry bogging down. That hasn't been a concern for a very long time. He's out of touch with the Windows world for him to be making any meaningful comments on the subject.
Sorry, Zaine. Usually I like your little glimpses into the Linux world, but this batch misses the mark by a large margin.